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* News / Re: Germany opens 350 slots for Filipino Nurses Now Accepting Application by Berny_bacud: December 09, 2017, 11:04:11 AM
Hi i an interested to apply. What should i do
* News / UK: Romanian nurse banned for using straw and pen to relieve man’s constipation by Idowu Olabode: December 09, 2017, 06:49:52 AM
A nurse has been banned from working in Britain after he pushed a pen and a drinking straw up a man’s backside.

Traian Dumitrescu, 32, inserted the objects into the patient in a bid to relieve his constipation – and told him everything was ‘OK’.

A hearing was told the patient, who is suffering from dementia, screamed out in pain as the plastic pen and straw were used on him.

A misconduct panel later struck the care home nurse from the register, and said his bizarre procedure meant he posed a danger to patients.

Dumitrescu was sacked from Crosfield House Care Home in Powys, Mid Wales, after shocked colleagues reported him to bosses.

He was handed a one-year conditions of practice order in December 2016, allowing him to continue working in the UK if he completed extra training in gaining consent and managing constipation.

But this week a Nursing and Midwifery Council in London hearing heard Dumitrescu had refused to do any of the training after returning to his home in Romania.

The hearing panel decided to ban the Romanian nurse after finding his refusal to comply with the order meant there was a risk of him repeating his behaviour.

Panel chair Paul Powici said: ‘There is nothing to indicate that Mr Dumitrescu has developed insight into, nor taken steps to remedy, his misconduct.

‘The panel therefore concluded that there remains a risk to the public, and decided to impose a striking off order.

‘This sanction is the only sanction sufficient to both protect the public and uphold the public interest in this case.’

* News / Kenya: Patient who shot Nurse to remain in custody,Awaits Psychiatric Evaluation by Idowu Olabode: December 09, 2017, 06:43:43 AM
-He didn't plead quilty and to remain in custody
-He is now awaiting Psychiatric Evaluation

A man who shot dead a nurse at a private clinic in Nairobi was arraigned at the High Court yesterday.

However, Joseph Njoroge Mungai did not plead to the murder charge preferred against him as he is awaiting a psychiatric examination.

State counsel Catherine Mwaniki told senior deputy registrar, criminal division, Roselyn Aganyo that Mr Mungai will face a murder charge.

She said he will be called upon to answer the charge of murdering Faustine Mwadilo Mwadime on Wednesday evening at the Chiromo  Lane Medical Centre in Westlands Nairobi County contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the penal code.

Mr Mungai was produced in court amid threats of an industrial action by the Kenya National Nurses Union over the fatal shooting of Mr Mwadime.

He was not, however, called upon to plead to the charge , “ since it was his first appearance to court.”
Ms Mwaniki prayed that Mr Mungai be detained at the Industrial Area Prison up to December 11 when the case will be mentioned before a judge for further directions.

Mr Mungai was accompanied by his lawyer Kimamo Kuria when he was brought to court.

Ms Mwaniki informed the court that the accused requires to be taken through some medical process to assess his mental status before he can be called upon to plead to the capital charge of murder.

Source: Daily Nation
* News / FCT Nursing School hails old student for donating books by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 09:24:00 PM
Authorities of the Federal Capital territory (FCT) Nursing School in Abuja have tasked the school’s former students to learn to give back to the school to enable it effectively deliver on its mandate to present and future students.

The Director of Nursing Services, Health and Human Services Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mrs. O. I. Onakwue, Assistant Director, Nursing and School Principal, James Lakareks and Chief Nursing Tutor, Yakubu Abdulganiyu said assistance from old students would help in providing necessary learning materials in the school.

They spoke at a well-attended event held in the school in honour of an outstanding ex-student, Adeniyi Ade Adeleye, who was in the institution to donate books worth millions of naira in support of the school’s library.
Adeleye, who was in the school between 2001 and 2004, but now lectures at the Central Queensland University in Australia, was filed with emotion by the show of appreciation by the school’s officials and students.

He told a gathering of students and officials, at the school’s hall, that the donation, made possible with the assistance of Pearson Australia and Mrs. Sharon Stack, was his way of giving back to the school and saying thank you, not only to the school authorities by the country.

He added: “It is also intended to show appreciation for what I benefited from this institution. We should try to show appreciation for every little benefit that we get, not just as students, but as individuals, as families and as community. “

Remembering his days in the school, Adeleye urged the students to imbibe the spirit of hard work, and not waste their time on frivolities, but always remember that their future depends on their commitment to school works.
He thanked the school’s officials for their good works in grooming the students and urged the students to be committed to the Nursing profession at graduation, because nurses make the largest workforce in healthcare anywhere in the world and are instrumental to the success of any healthcare system.

Mrs Onakwue, who was the school’s Vice Principal when Adeneye was a student, said the ex-student has made it a tradition to support his alma mater, having made similar book donations twice before now.
She noted that Adeleye was the first ex-student to make such donation to the school. She urged the school’s students’ union to work with the school’s alumni to enable the institution benefit more from their assistance.

Lakareks noted that Adeleye started the practice, of donating to the school, years ago and has not relented. “This is a welcome initiative and we are very proud of him,” Lakaraks said. He urged other past students to emulate Adeleye.

Abdulganiyu, who spoke in similar vein, urged the students to emulate Adeleye and not to be distracted, but to “know where you come from, where you want to be. The choice of what you become is your choice. It is in your hand.”

Also at the event was the Principal, FCT School of Midwifery, Hajia Binta Dambata and other senior officials of the School of Nursing.

SOURCE : The Nation Newspaper
* News / Kenya: Union wants Chiromo Lane Medical Centre shut over nurse's killing by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 08:36:54 PM
-To sue the hospital for institutional negligence

The National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) has called for closure of Chiromo Lane Medical Centre, Nairobi, following the killing of their colleague by a patient.

Mr Faustine Mwadilo, a nurse at the facility, was shot dead by a psychiatric patient on Wednesday night.
Speaking during a press briefing at Sai Rock Beach Hotel in Mombasa, the association chairman Alfred Obengo said by Monday next week, if the hospital is not closed, nurses will hold countrywide demonstrations to call for the same.

“We will mobilise nurses across the country to go and close that hospital ourselves. We are going to have the mother of all demos if our call is not heeded,” said Mr Obengo.

Sue hospital

Mr Obengo warned the association would move to court next week to sue the hospital for institutional negligence and compel it to compensate the deceased family.

“We are going to court to force the management to compensate the family of the deceased. We will get justice for our befallen colleague. We will force them to do that through the court."

He added: “The incident justifies why we nurses say that our jobs are at risk more than anyone else in the health profession. Now you know why nurses are requesting for risk allowances.”

Mr Obengo condemned the hospital management for allowing an unstable patient to be admitted while armed with a firearm.


“That gun is even harmful to him as a patient we wonder how an institution can allow him be admitted with it,” said Mr Obengo.

Questions have been rife as to why the patient was allowed to walk in the hospital with the pistol.

Sources at the health facility, however, said the patient was a regular client who had never caused problems with his gun.

A nurse at the medical and rehabilitation hospital who requested anonymity said the guards at the gate had asked the patient to surrender his gun for safekeeping but he refused.

“He said he would not give out his gun because he was a licensed civilian gun holder and did not trust anyone with the firearm,” said the nurse.

Police officers who responded to the incident took away the Mini-Ceska pistol, serial number B 573411, which was loaded with eight bullets.

The suspect is being held by police.

Source: Business Daily Africa
* News / Kenya: Nurses' CBA to be registered in court this month by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 08:26:54 PM
Nurses are set to have their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) registered in court and if honoured, it will see them enjoy higher salaries and a better working environment.

Council of Governors (CoG) chairman, Josphat Nanok, said on Thursday that they have endorsed the draft agreement that would be binding and that the negotiating team is ready to proceed to finalise process and have the CBA registered in the Employment and Labour Relations Court.

Mr Nanok also said the CoG has resolved to jointly with the National Government examine the gaps in the regulatory framework that governs industrial disputes in order to avert future strikes.

“The negotiations for the nurses CBA are coming to a finality,” said Mr Nanok yesterday.

“We have endorsed the draft document and now the negotiating team will proceed to finalize process and have the CBA registered in the Labour court.”

He was speaking yesterday at the CoG headquarters at Delta House, Westlands, during a governors’ extra ordinary meeting attended by the World Bank and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation representatives.

Strike over

Early last month, nurses secured a pay deal addressing their uniform and nursing service allowances, the key contentious issue that had prolonged the impasse, ending a five month old strike that caused Kenyans endless pains and deaths.

The health workers agreed to a payment structure that would see their uniform allowance increase by 33 per cent per year up to financial year 2020/2021.

This means that when the allowance take effect in the financial year 2018/2019 each nurse would get a uniform allowance of Sh15,00 up from Sh10,000 increasing by Sh5,000 to Sh25,000 payable in a year in financial year 2020/2021.

The Nursing Service Allowance will go up by up to 13.2 per cent from Sh23,000 in the financial year 2018/2019 to Sh30,000 in 2020/2021.

The CBA the nurses have been pushing for was expected to be signed and registered in court in 30 days after the Return to Work agreement was signed on November 2.

“We hope this would be free from any sort of hostile environment from parties involved,” said the Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary-general, Seth Panyako.

Source: Daily Nation
* Nursing Jobs / Living Hope Adult Care Vacancy for a Registered Nurse in Abuja by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 07:08:22 PM
Living Hope Adult Care, a  newly Registered Adult Day Care Service startup in Abuja specializing in providing care for the elderlies in their various homes is in urgent need of a Registered Nurse.


-   Must be a Registered Nurse and possess valid license
-   Must have passion for elderly care
-   Must be resident at Lugbe Axis in Abuja

Method of Application

Interested applicants should send their application letter and CV in a Single attachment to

Application Deadline: 23rd, December 2017.
* Articles / The Need for Nurses to Be Politically Involved By Nurse Oba Adeboye Solomon by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 11:22:24 AM
Politics according to Oxford advanced learners dictionary is defined as the activities involved in getting and using power in public life and being able to influence decisions that affects a country or society. Politics is a process involving modalities of power involved in controlling, shaping and designing public policies, laws or regulations etc which has effects on General public. Politics as a dynamics of power, is found in every institution, from a personal relationship to the family, to the community to a lager  collections of people. Wherever power is at play (which is everywhere), there is politics.
Nursing on the other hand is the largest medical profession in the world with nearly 4million Nurses in the United states and about 240,000 Nurses in Nigeria respectively (NMCN). As such, Nurses have a potential to profoundly influence policy and politics on a global scale.  In fact, it is the moral and professional ethics to be engaged in legislation that impacts their patients (Nurse as an advicate).
When Nurses influences the politics that improve the delivery of healthcare, they are ultimately advocating do their patients. Unfortunately Nurses have historically had little involvement in policy that affects healthcare delivery.
There are several reasons for the limited nursing participation in politics:
1. Lack of awareness,
2. Inadequate skills and
3. Mittle opportunity for involvement are just few factors including the limited formal health care policy education in Nursing.
Regardless of the multiple factors limiting the nursing profession's potential impact on politics, the fact remains that Nurses are vital to the development and implementation of health care policy. As the largest medical profession in the world, Nurses should be leading the way in redesigning the healthcare system; but in order to do so, they will need partner with members of other medical professions such as physicians etc. For this to happen, Nurses must be skilled in patient's care as well as interdisciplinary team work, information and technology, implementing evidenced based practice and quality improvement.
As young aspiring politician and a professional Nurse, here are my top 3 reasons why Nurses need to be politically active:
Political factors can have a substantial impact on what type of work we do as Nurses, because of the impacts on the society. A good example is the *law passed by Lagos-State government asking motorbikes (Okada) to stay off major highways in the state. This means there will be fewer Car/Motorcycle accidents as a result of this law. Fewer trauma codes, fewer ICU admissions, fewer fatalities. Laws, policiesand political decisions in the society has a direct or indirect Impact on our job.
Most Nurses are experiencing or have experienced a period where they have been short paid (Salary not up to work load), wage freezes, working without a contract, decrease hospital funding, strikes (i.e JOHESU strikes in federal institutions). Nurses can follow these funding decisions directly to their impact on patients care; because our role in providing patients care. When we vote, we elect people who will make budgeting decisions, we can vote for people who will support our Job security, and adequate funding for healthcare. We can also reinforce the importance of Nursing profession by contacting politicians to share information and let them know that we Nurses vote too.
Political activities gives Nurses opportunity to represent and advance our professional values.
The most important reason to be politically active is because politics is a means for Nurses to advocate for their patients. Advocacy is very important for  Nurses because social justice is a core Value of the Nursing profession. When we work in clinical settings, we can help one patient at a time and this work is central to our profession. When we vote, sign a petition, contest or participate in a political event, we can potentially help thousands of people at a time. Political activity takes the work of Nurses from being a discreet event in one setting and raises it to a societal level.
A lot of the social determinants of health can be impacted through political decisions. Nurses can help to protect health care access for vulnerable populations.
There are many ways Nurses can be politically active. Some suggestions include:
- VOTE! (2019 general elections is around the corner)
- Call or E-mail your elected representatives, and tell them about an issue that matters to you (probably in client's care, Hospital administration, as a professional body) in other words, lobby on behalf of your profession if u can.
- Engage with political party or organization in your immediate environment and social media and Don forget to always share information with your followers ( be a card carrier of a political party).
- Actively participate in your Nursing union or sub-specialty associations.
- Join a reasonable protest or demonstration.
- Run for political positions or office either in your local government down to the federal level.
- Don't be a Timid Nurse speak out where applicable.
- Volunteer to participate in policy meetings or related activities.
- Catch them young: Encourage student Nurses to participate in students politics.
What Nurses don't realize is that they are politicians already whether they are negotiating with patients at the bed side, with employers on hospital committees or as a member of organizations.
Every Nurse should be a political nurse because we are such a caring large constituency for people. We are important to people, so we have to take our practice beyond the school, bed side, and research and set it in a larger way into community involvement, Which means being an activist, volunteer or informed citizen.
Thank you for your time
Nurse Oba Adeboye Solomon
0813 118 3065
* News / Ghana: Midwives In Brong Ahafo Cry Out by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 10:06:26 AM
Unless the Ministry of Health (MoH) comes to the aid of private midwives in the Brong-Ahafo Region, maternal death will hit the rooftop in a matter of time.

According to the president of the Brong-Ahafo regional branch of the Ghana Registered Midwives' Association, Augustina Ahiaku, not a single cedi has been paid for the claims they have submitted for the past nine months.

She explained that as a result of their predicament, companies which supply them with drugs have refused to supply them with the needed drugs, and as a result, pregnant women are sometimes asked to go home because drugs are not available to treat them.

Madam Ahiaku added that the most worrisome aspect of the situation is that many of the midwifery facilities are located in remote areas and so women who visit such facilities where drugs are not available to end up dying.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE on the problems that are being faced by the midwives, Dorcas Fordwour, a known businesswoman in the region, revealed that the situation has become precarious that workers are being laid off in many facilities because operators can neither break even nor talk of making profit to pay utilities and salaries of workers.

She explained that the delay in the payment of claims was affecting their work, as they are forced to give out drugs on credit to patients or sometimes rely on banks for loans to pay for drugs.

Madam Dorcas seized the opportunity to appeal to the Minister for Gender, Children & Social Protection, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, to use her good office to impress upon the authorities to expedite action in order to avert the death of pregnant women who patronise these facilities in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

Source: Modern Ghana
* News / Cambodia Minister Wants all Factories in the Country to have Nurses on Site by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 09:58:01 AM
Officials are pushing for all factories and workplaces to have on-site infirmaries by next year, in line with a long-standing Labour Law requirement, Minister of Labour Ith Samheng announced in a speech yesterday.

Having nurses on hand was already required by Cambodia’s Labour Law, but only about 72 percent of factories are compliant at the moment, said Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour yesterday.

Enterprises of 50 or more staff must have at least one licensed nurse available to respond to emergency situations, and larger workplaces require more medical staff, he said.

Sour said the ministry is also requiring more air inspections from factories to combat the number of faintings and other occupational health hazards from chemicals in the workplace.

“We are not only requiring enterprises to have the infirmaries, but we also want to test the smell and the quality of air in the factories,” he said.

Ken Loo, secretary-general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), claimed all the factories under his organisation are compliant with the infirmary requirement.

But even if factories meet the ministry’s basic health requirements, many need to improve the staff, capacity and equipment of their infirmaries, said Han Sunrith, a lawyer for rights group Central.

“From our observations of the situation in factories, we have learned that most of the infirmaries lack the capacity to respond to emergency problems.”
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